Show business is for the horses!

Today's shoot is with a horse.   A talking horse. Well, not exactly… a horse with a piece of tape stuck under his lip so he looks like he's talking.   He's standing in front of blackboard acting like the professor.   Hasn't made a mess yet … you know, like on the floor… so we're all happy so far! UPDATE:   The horse is eating everything.   He ate the chalk, which everybody tried to get out of his mouth.   But he crunched it up and had chalk all over his mouth. They tried to clean it up.   Then they fed him an apple.   Seems like a good idea, right? Well, the horse loved it but started salivating all over the place.   Slobber coming out…

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler the Shoot Day

What a day!   So, my call time was 1 pm at Sony Studios in Culver City.  Then at 9 am, the Producer calls and says "Can you come in at 12 noon?   They may come in early!"   So no problem we're there at 12 noon.   By 1:30, Jennifer and Adam are walking on stage.  Adam comes first with this big balloony  sports jersey.   It looked so casual I was wondering if he's really going to wear that!   He's all loud and happy!   He said 'Hey buddy, how are you doin'!' to me.  And I've never met him before.   Apparently, he's put on some weight.  He says that to get his kids to do what he wants them to do, he threatens to show them his belly.   Adam has a black…

Jennifer Aniston / Adam Sandler shoot

Hey, I just had to show you this.   Yesterday when I was on the plane coming back to Los Angeles from WI, I got called for a shoot for this Wednesday.   (tomorrow)   I'm like 'Great, I'm available, just let me know if it happens."   Today, I've been emailing back and forth with the Producer about the job and they weren't sure the shoot was going to happen.   Then, 5 minutes ago I finally get the call sheet… which means the shoot is on!     Ah, now I understand.  Shooting with celebrities is always up in the air until last minute…   So, there will be NO cameras on set, I'm sure.   But I'll tell you all about it in an email.    We're shooting at…

How to audition without a care in the world!!

This is a post by Arthur Harold, who happened to find our site and wanted to contribute to it.   I am so grateful to Arthur, after all, I see our community as SO IMPORTANT, so FULL OF LIFE and SOUL and I'm so happy that Arthur feels the same way and wants to help us become the MOST we can be!  Thank you Arthur!   xo   Janet If you are like most actors, then among the things you dread the most is The Audition.  It's The Moment of Truth … Judgement Day … and you will be Weighed in the Balance and, perhaps, Condemned.  I understand, really I do.  But, it doesn't have to be that way. I used to be quite intimidated by auditions and, like most of you I…

Do I need to be Actor’s Equity to audition for a principal role?

ANNA wants to audition for a role in the Broadway play, "Fat Pig".   She asked:   Do I have to be part of Actor's Equity to be able to audition for a role in a Broadway play?  What does "Equity Principal Auditions" mean to me?    I asked one of our honorable subscribers, Arthur, for some insight into this question.   ARTHUR'S RESPONSE: Janet, Unfortunately, an Equity Principal Audition requires that all auditioners be members of Actors Equity and must produce their membership card or other acceptable certification at the audition.  For many non-principal roles, non-union actors can be considered but Equity rules limit the number of non-union roles that may be permitted in an Equity production and often those roles are the lesser ones.  However, there is no harm in her…

Need visa/papers to work in film

What follows is a series of emails I had with Thali, a Friends in Film subscriber.    She doesn't have her papers to legally work in the U.S. and like so many people…  is looking for a way in.  Bottom line:   You need to have papers  (passport or drivers license and SS card) when you work in the film industry because that's how you get paid!   At the end of the day, you'll fill out a time card and you'll need to fill it in completely.    So work on getting your visa and your papers and then tackle the film industry! THALI'S FIRST EMAIL TO ME: Well I found this website in the internet, sent them an email, with my resume/headshot, and now we've been talking for a while. Now is…

Want success? Learn from Will Smith

  What traits do we need to develop in ourselves, to practice and live by, to keep improving? To make our dreams happen? There certainly seems to be certain traits that are always there in people who succeed time and time. – Persistence – 'Can do' attitude – Taking massive action So, if you want the same success, do what they do!   Think like them! All the keys to your success are found between your ears.  Right?  What else is there really?! What do you think?  What do you attribute to the times where you were and are successful?!   “I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a…

Acting scams – Seeking new talent…again.

Remember if you're paying to be seen it's not a real agency.  There are no REAL talent searches out there.  Real agencies will sign you and take a percentage of your paycheck.  No upfront fees, no extra fees to 'expose' you, no expensive photographers & videos.    Remember this and you won't get taken down the wrong path. This is another money making venture that preys on young adults looking to have a great picture taken of themselves and marketed to 'big names' in hope of getting signed and becoming famous.  Unfortunately, It doesn't work this way.   Notice how they have normal looking people and the lighting makes them look more glamorous.   That kind of lighting is done for music videos to sell records.   Celebrities have special lighting to keep…

Film jobs – A dash of reality

  When I was living in S Africa, (I worked in news when Mandela became President), I hung out with Joao & these great guys, now known as the Bang Bang club, who risked their lives documenting what's really happening in the world. Joao is a sweet guy & risks his life so we can see what really happens. It's a blast of reality for me. I got into the film industry in S Africa.  When you get into international journalism, you're doing an important job and also risking your life everyday so that people can see the truth. Talk about a job that makes a difference and can change the world.   You do it every day with this film job. If you want to check out the book, Bang…

Acting resumes – don’t misrepresent!

RESHOOT!!! The actress said she could ride a motorcycle. We show up and she's sitting there on the motorcycle surrounded by production and agency, looking scared shitless. Anyways, we had to hire another actress to do the reshoot!  That may have cost the production company another $50,000!   big money at stake here.  During the audition the actress said she could ride a motorcycle no problem.   So everybody believed her and she was chosen for the role. And on the day of the shoot, she said she could ride motorcyles but not that one.   That's lame.   It was a regular motorcycle….  For the actress, the phone call to her agent definitely occurred.   Probably multiple phone calls.   Who pays for this mistake?  The agent looked bad.   Their relationship with the production…